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    Keyboard Layout Nightmare

    I wanna setup three keyboard language layouts: English(US), Romanian and Russian(phonetic)
    Previously there was a simple fine way of setting keyboard language via settings. Now, it is a nightmare. First of all, layouts and languages are spread around all settings(keyboard layout, language settings, keyboard input method, input method switcher). In some settings(IBus preferences) there is no Romanian layout option even though I have it in other places. Even though IBus is started with default settings(Ctrl Space to activate and Alt Shift_L to change layout) it does not work at all.

    Please help me to set up my three languages and switch them with Alt+Left Shift.

    Regards,
    Christian.

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    Re: Keyboard Layout Nightmare

    Which version of ubuntu Studio?

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    Re: Keyboard Layout Nightmare

    12.04

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    Re: Keyboard Layout Nightmare

    Working with layouts in Xfce is simply bad. It gave me all kinds of bugs.
    So, I find out that the best thing to do is to make a startup script for setxkbmap command. Something like this

    Code:
    setxkbmap -option compose:rwin,lv3:ralt_switch,grp:alt_shift_toggle us,ru -variant ,
    You need to find out the names for layouts and variants you need. Look here /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols
    Open each definition you need to find out the variants
    I guess ro is for romania, so

    Code:
    setxkbmap -option compose:rwin,lv3:ralt_switch,grp:alt_shift_toggle us,ro,ru -variant ,,
    Last edited by jejeman; May 5th, 2012 at 04:55 PM.

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    Re: Keyboard Layout Nightmare

    Other way to go is to install xfce4-xkb-plugin. It's really buggy, never does what it should. Broke shortcuts input in Blender.

    That's why i recommended script.

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    Re: Keyboard Layout Nightmare

    Thank you for your answers Jejeman. My problem is that I cannot switch the keyboard, the shortcuts do not work at all. I can set any language but I am not able to switch them because the iBus does not respond as expected. Previously I had keboard layouts, I was able to set any shortcut but now all that is gone.

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